Paper contacted by reader to point out that government’s claimed dates cannot be true – but publishes same claim again just over twelve hours later
The Guardian newspaper has published least two separate articles this week that repeat, unchallenged, the Tories’ claim that leaked documents revealing details of UK-US trade talks were obtained by so-called ‘Russian hackers‘ from the hacked email account of then-Trade Secretary Liam Fox, beginning on 12 July last year.
After the first story was published, the paper was contacted by a reader who pointed out that the story cannot be true, because the right-wing Daily Telegraph had published details of those same documents two days before the supposed leak took place:
In spite of this clear and concise information, the Guardian appears to have done nothing to check the accuracy of its original article. Instead, it published the same claim a little over twelve hours later:
The Guardian is by no means unique in amplifying this already-debunked story pushed by the Tories for political purposes. It has served as a platform for the Establishment to attack Jeremy Corbyn – which reflects its desperation to bury Corbyn and the left movement, even after the end of Corbyn’s tenure as Labour leader.
And even if Number 10’s claim was true, a Tory minister copied his emails to his private account, with a password reportedly as simple as ‘123’, and handed the details over to the Russians by falling for a ‘phishing’ scam – and yet somehow it’s supposed to be Corbyn’s fault for using that information months later, when it was publicly available, to alert the public to the danger the Tories pose to our NHS.
You’d almost think the right and centrists are still afraid.
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